Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from the book I'm still managing to read when I can:  Innocent Blood

Caldera- is a cauldron like volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption.

Sonorous- using imposing language.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book,Innocent Blood which I am currently still reading.

Teaser:

pg. 50
   While racing here, she had failed to spot the creature that had spooked her horse, but she had heard it.

Buster

I haven't written lately about Buster so here's what he is doing. He loves the snow and enjoys frolicking in it. He loves the Christmas lights and sits under the lighted Christmas wreath in the window. His stocking is anxiously awaiting new toys from Santa, his old ones are getting kind of ragged right now. That's it for now. Buster wishes everyone a very merry Christmas.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

New books are on their way, no new ones last week.

Reading:  Innocent Blood  by James Rollins

How about you?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton Review-Post

Past Crimes  by Glen Erik Hamilton       Review-Post

I liked the intriguing concept of this story when this young man , who is trying to discover the reason why his grandfather's criminal past put him in the hospital. He hadn't seen his grandfather in ten years and was asked by him to return home. As he gets closer to the solution, he finds out deadly secrets that impact his life in a much more personal way.
I like this type of genre and it wasn't disappointing,and was filled with a lot of action.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cristelle Comby - Danse Macabre - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Private investigators Alexandra Neve and Ashford Egan are hired to succeed where the police have failed, to safely return home a missing ballerina. With no lead to pursue and no idea who could be behind the young woman’s kidnapping, they soon find themselves at a loss as to what to do.

To make matters worse, the heart of England seems to be caught in the middle of a little Ice Age. With snow endlessly falling and Tube lines either too cramped up to use or out of service, it is a pain to do any legwork in the huge metropolis.

Oh, and because trouble never comes alone, there may also be a serial killer on the loose in the streets of East London...


My Review

Egan and Neve are hired to find a missing ballerina. They are two detectives, one of which—Egan—is blind. Ritual killings of female music stars—pianists, choir soloists, reality show singers—have been happening throughout East London. This exciting page turner takes you deep below the streets of London in abandoned Underground tunnels searching for the heinous person responsible for these very disturbing murders. Neve fears for their lives as they grow closer to finding out who is responsible.

Comby's thriller is 'an edge of your seat, hold your breath' kind of a book. It made my skin crawl with every perilous situation that Neve and Egan found themselves in. Anyone who likes a good, spine-tingling mystery won't be disappointed in this gem. It's packed with suspense, but also a lot of heart.

***

Danse Macabre can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
Pages: 254
Genre: New Adult, Detective Mystery
Release: October 2014
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9781502723772
Click to add to your Goodreads list.


About the Author

Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

Danse Macabre is her third new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.

Links to connect with Cristelle:
Web Site
Twitter
Goodreads
Instagram
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Karambit- is a small Southeast Asian hand-held curved knife resembling a claw.

Strigoi- In Roman Mythology, strigori are the troubled souls of the dead rising from the grave. Some can be living people with certain magical properties.

These words are from the book: Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:  Innocent Blood  by  James Rollins and  Rebecca Cantrell

Pg. 17

Whatever he saw in her eyes drove him back to the gathering students, where he sank quickly into his seat, keeping his face down.

Michael J. Bowler - Once Upon a Time in America - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

With Lance leading the way, the Knights of the Round Table have set out to convince the American people that amending the Constitution to protect children is right and just and long overdue. As the team travels from state to state, they are met with acceptance, indifference, and even hostility. But Lance’s popularity and mystique as The Boy Who Came Back, coupled with his innate charm, gradually sway more and more of the populace, not to mention state legislators, to their cause.

The journey becomes a rite of passage that propels the young people into adulthood, and solidifies Lance’s status as an iconic and influential figure.

But he’s uneasy. He knows Arthur is hiding something from him, something that will bring him great sadness. After The Excalibur Incident in Las Vegas, Lance becomes more and more certain that the future is one he won’t like, despite his stunning success at winning over some of the most intractable states.

Then comes the attack, sudden and brutal.

Now the Round Table is in disarray, and Lance must confront a cold-blooded killer who’s luring him into an obvious trap. But if he refuses the challenge, more loved ones will die, and everything he’s fought for will die with them. Surrounded by the diverse young knights who have become his family, Lance sets out to battle his enemy with the knowledge deep in his heart that only one of them will survive. Is this the end of the Round Table?

The Knight Cycle concludes…


My Review

After reading the other books in this young adult fantasy series, the final one did not disappoint. There's a satisfying payoff at the end, but there are also pivotal moments during the quest to get the Children's Bill of Rights ratified that bring Lance and his knights to their knees in sorrow.

The youthful knights, with now eighteen-year-old Lance as their leader, continue on their extraordinary journey of service as they crisscross the nation, only to discover that there are traitors in their midst. Their friendship and loyalty are tested as they begin to lose key members of their group along the way.

Michael Bowler is a master storyteller. He writes page turners that keep you emotionally involved right up until the end. I highly recommend reading all five of his King Arthur inspired books. You won't be disappointed.

***

Once Upon a Time in America can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 328
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Release: November 12, 2014
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9780990871101
Click to add to your Goodreads list.


About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of seven novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, and Once Upon A Time In America.

His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently at work on a horror/suspense novel based on his screenplay, “Healer.”

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog
Tumblr
Pinterest
Instagram
Blog Tour Site


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

My mailbox was empty last week, but that's OK I can catch up with everything during this busy time of the year.

Reading:  Past Crimes By Glen Erik Hamilton


What goodies did you get?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are random words I found.

Adjuration- An earnest urging or advising.

Burin- An engraver's steel cutting tool having the blade ground to a sharp point.

Declamatory- pretentiously lofty in style; bombastic.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton

   When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger must plunge into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer and uncover a shocking family secret in this atmospheric and evocative debut thriller.

pg. 61

As we walked past other rooms, I saw some of the same visitors still here from the day before. There were a lot of round-the-clock vigils in Trauma.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mailbx Monday

Mailbox Monday

Only one new book in my mailbox last week:  The Haunting Of Sunshine Girl  by Paige McKenzie

When Sunshine moves to a creepy old house in a small rainy town, the ghost of a young girl haunting her bedroom is only the beginning.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are random:

Detritus- waste or debris of any kind.

Nongermane- irrelevant, not germane.

Tangential- relating to, diverging from a previous course.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:   Christmas At Tiffany's  by Karen Swan

Teaser:
Pg. 24

She shook her head and finished the rest of her drink. She knew she was drunk and depressed.